filmsfoodandfandom asked: Do you ever have trouble juggling the dramatic and the comedic when you write? I know that some characters (like Deadpool) are easier to write as comedic. But as you said, Deadpool isn't interesting if he is ALL ZANY ALL THE TIME. How do you find the balance?
I don’t think of those two things as oil and water, to be honest.
Cops and firemen tell jokes at crime scenes and fires. My family tells jokes at funerals. The two things are inextricably linked for most people.
They both rely on one shared element, the element of surprise. If you know what’s coming, it’s harder to laugh. If you know what’s coming, it’s harder to cry. You can build tension on expectation, but you still need to surprise to wring the BIGGEST reaction.
I think I’m good at writing humor for characters, and it just becomes part of how they respond. They key is always to beware giving two characters, let alone ALL characters, the same voice.
"Balance" isn’t something I worry about, sometimes you deliberately upset the balance. But comedy without drama in action comics can be wearying, and drama without comedy can be a little dreary. Where possible, I like a mix.
Shoot the arrows and let them fall where they may. The ones that go too far astray can be picked up and fired again.